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Poster: syzygos Date: Nov 20, 2012 4:23am
Forum: opensource Subject: YourFile downloader

Hi, I've been a grateful user of archive.org for a few years now. Surprised to see that some files are now being made available through YourFile Downloader. This installs some software on the downloader's computer and writes a lot of stuff to the Windows registry. I don't think this is acceptable and how do we know that this software is not malware, spyware, trojan or causing other kinds of mayhem? Please clarify! Thanks.

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Poster: Jeff Kaplan Date: Nov 20, 2012 1:45pm
Forum: opensource Subject: Re: YourFile downloader

We don't have any connection to YourFile Downloader.

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Poster: satinette2 Date: Nov 21, 2012 7:25am
Forum: opensource Subject: Re: YourFile downloader

Community Text has been hijacked by MACKEEPER (or MacSweeper or whatever the heck it's calling itself) because it is adding it's own links.

Mackeeper is a useless program that claims to clean your MAC and that Apple advises against using.

If you check out some of the supposed "books", you'll find a flashing icon that says "download" and you'll then see what I mean.

Additionally, there's often something that will say something along the lines of: "click the image to preview the images". If you do, you'll find yourself on a download page for assorted apps and programs that I'm not prepared to say are for good or ill.

In any event, the Archive (and perhaps Open Source as well?) is being abused by these people (?) for their own ends and all these things have to be checked and quite possible deleted.

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Poster: Jeff Kaplan Date: Nov 22, 2012 9:01am
Forum: opensource Subject: Re: YourFile downloader

if you can provide a URL for an archive.org item where you experienced this i'll take a look.

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Poster: satinette2 Date: Nov 22, 2012 9:47am
Forum: opensource Subject: Re: YourFile downloader

You want URLs????

It amazes me that you've been unaware of this because it seems to me that 1/2 the books you've got are hi-jacked.

Mackeeper, "Canadian Pharmacy" and their ilk are probably just the tip of the iceberg. These idiots are uploading dozens of titles a day solely to use you for THEIR advertising and they have HUNDREDS of them by now.

Perhaps they believe you're supplying them with some legitimacy by appearing to endorse them? Who knows?

Anyway, here's just a SMALL sampling:

http://archive.org/details/BirdsOfFloridaFieldGuide9972

http://archive.org/details/OrderUltramWithoutPrescriptionOvernightUltramWithoutAPrescription

http://archive.org/details/ValiumOnSaleCheapOnlineCheapValiumForSaleWithNoPrescription

http://archive.org/details/NationalGeographicAngryBirdsSpaceAFuriousFlightIntoTheFinalFrontier

http://archive.org/details/NationalGeographicAngryBirds50TrueStoriesOfTheFedUpFeatheredAnd_678

http://archive.org/details/NationalGeographicAngryBirds50TrueStoriesOfTheFedUpFeatheredAnd

http://archive.org/details/TheZenOfSocialMediaMarketingAnEasierWayToBuildCredibilityGenerate

http://archive.org/details/DigitalForensicsWithOpenSourceTools1212

http://archive.org/details/InsideWindowsDebuggingAPracticalGuideToDebuggingAndTracingStrategies

http://archive.org/details/MicrosoftWord2010AdvancedQuickReferenceGuidecheatSheetOf

http://archive.org/details/FlashMobileDevelopingAndroidAndIosApplicationsvisualizingTheWeb

http://archive.org/details/MicrosoftExcel2010IntroductionQuickReferenceGuidecheatSheetOf_295

http://archive.org/details/OsXMountainLionTheMissingManual1383

http://archive.org/details/ComptiaACertificationAll-in-oneExamGuideSeventhEditionexams220-701

http://archive.org/details/HackingTheArtOfExploitation2ndEdition5614

http://archive.org/details/AppleTrainingSeriesMacOsXSecurityAndMobilityV10.6AGuideTo

http://archive.org/details/SpiritsOfNewOrleansVoodooCursesVampireLegendsAndCitiesOfTheDead

http://archive.org/details/GettingToYesNegotiatingAgreementWithoutGivingIn_588

There are so many pages of them, in fact, that it's probably been going on for months, even years. Hell, your entire listing needs checking. I recommend you start at page one:

http://archive.org/search.php?query=%28collection%3Aopensource%20AND%20mediatype%3Atexts%20AND%20%28language%3Aeng%20OR%20language%3AEnglish%29%29%20AND%20-mediatype%3Acollection&sort=-publicdate

and simply get busy scrolling and deleting.

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Poster: syzygos Date: Nov 23, 2012 6:03pm
Forum: opensource Subject: Re: YourFile downloader

Thank you satinette2 and Jeff Kaplan, this confirms my suspicion that something is not right. I would prefer if this kind of stuff is weeded out. I note also that many of these works are still under copyright. It would be a sad development if archive.org becomes another MegaUpload-type of site.

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Poster: syzygos Date: Nov 23, 2012 6:19pm
Forum: opensource Subject: Re: YourFile downloader

A more helpful way to search for these items would be simply to look for
creator:(Google) AND collection: opensource

Whoever uploaded these even "borrowed" the images of the covers of the books from amazon.com, as in this example:

http://archive.org/details/Strengthsfinder2.0

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Poster: hadjidakis Date: Nov 24, 2012 4:42am
Forum: opensource Subject: Re: YourFile downloader

I did a search for [recipes AND mediatype:texts] then sorted it by date added: 95 items of the first 100 require the downloader and the placement of an .exe file on one's computer. I hope there's a way to stop all this sleaziness.

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Poster: satinette2 Date: Nov 24, 2012 7:16am
Forum: opensource Subject: Re: YourFile downloader

There certainly is a tried and proven way "to stop all this sleaziness". Unfortunately, it involves a major change and many won't like it.

Once upon a time ago, when the internet was much younger, most anyone could read and post on most any group at all without having to first "join" or be "approved" or be "monitored" for a "trial period". And without needing a "password" or a special "screen name" or having to "type in what you see in the box" to prove that you're human, or anything else. It was much easier then.

But it was also easy for the sleaze elements and the sickos and the the just plain obnoxious to make all the rest of us miserable.

I can't tell you how many groups I know of that became over-run with disgusting language and all manner of links -- hidden and otherwise -- to other sites, especially those promoting: porno, dating, weight-loss, penis enlargement, earning-easy-money, breast enlargement, removing wrinkles, psychic readings, religious extremists-of-all-persuasions, ad nausea.

The only way to truly "stop all this sleaziness" is to do what virtually all internet groups have had to do: in one way or another, access has to be restricted.

Here the solution is easy and obvious: no one can be allowed to directly upload anything. Rather, EVERYTHING that is uploaded isn't posted until it first passes inspection thru a "middle man".